Commonwealth Games 2018 opening ceremony: What time does it start, which TV channel, how can I watch it?


The Commonwealth Games get under way on Wednesday evening in Gold Coast, the 21st edition of the event and the fifth time Australia has played host.

This will be the most expensive Commonwealth Games ever put together, with spending estimated to finish at around AUS$2bn. It will be the first time women have the same number of events as men, and the most para-events incorporated with 38 in total.

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Athletes from Canada and Cameroon pose for a selfie at Jezzine Barracks

Here’s a list of the 19 sports on offer during the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowls
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Shooting
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place today

Hello and welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast!

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Here is what you need to know ahead of the opening ceremony:

What time does it start?

The opening ceremony will start at around 7.30pm in Gold Coast, 10.30am in the UK.

Where does it take place?

It will take place in Carrara Stadium, a venue usually used for Aussie rules football which will play host to athletics during the Games.

How can I watch it?

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BBC.

Who will be Team England’s flag bearer?

Alistair Brownlee will be England’s flag bearer for the Commonwealth Games. Double Olympic triathlon champion Brownlee, is defending Commonwealth champion in the individual and mixed relay races. Team England selected their flag bearer after a vote of all sport team leaders.

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